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Team Discraft's Kirk Yoo

Kirk Yoo / Team Discraft NAME: Kirk 'Captain' Yoo  
HOMETOWN: Knightdale, NC
PDGA #: 6161
PDGA RATING: 949
BORN: 1961
DAY GIG: IT geek
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STARTED IN DISC GOLF: 1991
disc Cred:
  • Former RADL President
  • Former North Carolina State Coordinator
  • Former PDGA Board member
  • 2012 Am Worlds TD
  • Dogwood Crosstown Classic TD since 1998
  • PDGA TD since 1993
  • MEMORABLE DISC GOLF MOMENT:
    My most memorable finish would be winning Pro Masters at the 2005 Azalea Tournament after totaling my truck on the way to the event Saturday morning. Also playing in the lead group with Ken Climo, Al Shack and Brad Schick during the third round of the 1999 USDGC.
    Kirk's Disc Golf Tips
    Five ways to make more putts: 1. Practice, practice, practice. At least 100 putts per day for months (if not years). 2. Use various distances. Don't forget to practice the short distances. 3. If possible, practice on different types of baskets as there are nuances as to how each of them catch. 4. Practice different kinds of putts (back hand, fore hand, turbo, straddle, etc.). You never know when an alternative putting style might be needed. 5. Don't get frustrated.

    Lots of new and not so new players are obsessed with distance. Why? All you need to win is accuracy and good putting, which of course takes a lot of effort to develop, but they do come with time and patience. You'll start throwing farther as you sharpen your technique. These days the harder holes are more often than not two-shot holes rather than drive-and-putt, so learn how to place your drive. And remember to have some fun. that's what it's all about!

    Mental tricks for lower scores: If you decide to go for a putt from a long way out try to make sure you don't go long. There is nothing worse than adding unnecessary strokes to your score. If you have made a bad drive you may need to suck it up and pitch it back to the fairway. If you play a lot you are going to have plenty of bogeys, get over it. If you have a bad round set a goal for yourself to play better the next round. If you have a bad hole try to forget about it and focus on the next hole. Whenever possible start thinking about your next hole as soon as you finish the previous one. If you know the course well enough you should start planning on the disc you are going to use and the shot you plan on making. Visualization really does work.
    COURSES YOU SHOULD PLAY:
    Kirk Yoo / Team Discraft
    North Carolina's Kirk Yoo is a longtime disc golf volunteer and promoter. He has served as TD for many events, including the Dogwood Crosstown Classic National Tour for many years and the 2012 Am World Championships. In 2004, he joined the PDGA Board of Directors (Oversight Director), another volunteer position.
    Course Comments
    Hawk Hollow
    Mineral, VA
    Incredible. Every hole could be a calendar picture.
    Renaissance Gold
    Charlotte, NC
    One word: BRUTAL
    Castle Hayne Park
    Wilmington, NC
    Very technical, lots of placement shots, course management is required.
    Wickham Park
    Manchester, CT
    A beautiful park with a great view of the Hartford skyline.
    Winthrop Gold
    Rock Hill, SC
    Too much to say in one sentence.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Drivers
    Disc Comments
    Glo Z Nuke
    (174 gm)
    My long distance, overtable driver.
    ESP Surge
    (174 gm)
    This is my wide open driver (I hate to hit my ESP Surges on trees...lol).
    Z Flick
    (174 gm)
    An extremely overstable driver. I throw this disc for side arm shots and side arm rollers.
    Z Predator
    (174 gm)
    For high winds, side arms and skip shots (both backhand and forehand). Spike hyzers, quick skip shots... Z Pred is is a great 'trick shot' disc for me.
    Z Surge SS
    (170 gm)
    For more controlled drives with a slight hyzer fade at the end. Z-XL, very straight, flat, controlled drives.
    Z Avenger SS
    (170 gm)
    For nice, long turnovers.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Midrange
    Disc Comments
    Z Buzzz
    (175 gm)
    This is the straightest flying disc I have ever thrown and is arguably the best golf disc ever made. The few times I have played in one disc events this is the disc that I throw for every shot.
    Z Wasp
    (175 - 178)
    The Z-Wasp is my overstable midrange and is very predictable. It also holds up well to lots of abuse. The D-Wasp is a little less overstable. I typically use the D Wasp when I want less skip or slide out of the disc when it lands. The D Wasp is my go-to midrange in the rain (again, because I can grip the D plastic better when wet).
    Glo Z Comet
    (176 - 180)
    This is my turnover midrange. I don't have to get it beat up just right to fly the turnover route than I need. It turns over for me brand new and the ESP plastic holds up so well that it flies the same pattern time after time.
    In The Disc Golf Bag: Putt and Approach
    Disc Comments
    Cryztal and
    D Challenger
    (174 gm)
    These are my primary putters. I like the D Challengers that are extremely stiff.
    Z Putt'r
    (174 gm)
    I use this disc for short turnover approaches and turnover putts.


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